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Bainbridge Island divers place at Oregon meet

Bainbridge Island Dive Club Coach Chris Miller stands with divers Duncan Platz, Jackie Hellmers, Cammy Rouser and Zora Opalka. - Photo courtesy of Christina Opalka
Bainbridge Island Dive Club Coach Chris Miller stands with divers Duncan Platz, Jackie Hellmers, Cammy Rouser and Zora Opalka.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Christina Opalka

Members of the Bainbridge Island Dive Club placed well in several events at the Amateur Athletic Union’s Northwest Holiday Classic dive meet held in Beaverton, Ore. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.

Zora Opalka, of Bainbridge Island, and Cammy Rouser, of Kingston, in their first meet since high school 3A State Championships, placed sixth and seventh respectively in the 14-15 girls Junior Olympic 3-meter competition with scores of 250 and 221.

The duo also placed sixth and ninth in the 14-15 girls Junior Olympic 1-meter competition with scores of 224 and 205, respectively.

In the Future Champions 12-13 Girls 3-meter competition, Jackie Hellmers, of Poulsbo, took third place with a score of 146. She also placed third n the 12-13 girls Junior Olympic 3-meter competition with a score of 156.

Duncan Platz, of Kingston, took first place with a score of 147 in 12-13 boys Future Champions 1-meter, as well as second place with a score of 120 in 12-13 boys Future Champions 3-meter.

The event was attended by more than 60 divers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Through the efforts of Coach Chris Miller, the team had the opportunity to meet and talk with one of the true legends of the sport: two-time Olympian Kelly McCormick.

McCormick won the silver medal in the 1984 games and the bronze in 1988 in the Women’s 3-meter Springboard event, as well as nine national springboard titles and two Pan Am gold medals.

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